Chorister’s sheet music and glasses are stolen
A THIEF made off with a pensioner’s glasses and sheet music belonging to a choir preparing for a charity concert during a van break-in.
Chorister Paul Relph, 74, was visiting his nephew in Tremorfa, Cardiff, on Tuesday afternoon when the passenger window of his van was smashed and a bag was taken.
Inside the bag was a pair of glasses and about 150 music scripts.
“It’s no good to anyone else but it means a lot to me,” Paul said. “I sing in a choir called Cor Cochion Caerdydd (Cardiff Reds Choir). It’s a mixed choir and I go there every week to practise in Cardiff Bay.
“It’s a social choir and we don’t sing for money, we donate the money to charity – we have given to a number of different charities.
“At the end of January we will be going to Northern Ireland to sing and all the music scripts are in that bag.
“I have around 150 song notes and most of them are in there.
“I’m more concerned about the scripts than anything else. They mean so much to me and I’m really upset about it.”
Paul, from Cwmbran, was visiting his nephew on Tweedsmuir Road when the thief struck at about 3pm on Tuesday.
South Wales Police confirmed they received a call reporting the incident and said a window had been smashed and a “distinct shoulder bag with National Geographic written on it” was taken.
A spokesman for the force said: “The bag was taken from the passenger seat. It had musical notes and songs and glasses in it. The incident is under investigation.”
The bass singer has been with the choir for about four years and regularly travels to perform and raise money for charity.
The choir, which was founded 33 years ago, raises thousands of pounds to support various causes.
As well as regularly singing near Cardiff Indoor Market and the Old Library in the city centre, they also perform at demonstrations, picket lines, in concert halls and music festivals.
They have previously travelled across Europe and to Palestine to sing.
Paul added: “I just want to get the bag back with the songs in it. The bag has probably been thrown somewhere because it’s of no value to anyone else.”
Anyone with any information about the break-in or the missing bag should contact South Wales Police on 101.